Your purchase of an Idaho Goat License Plate supports a program that funds a wide variety of recreation and enhancement projects in the SNRA.
Each year, 100% of generated funds are subsidized to projects chosen by a local committee, some of whom who are locals unaffiliated with the Sawtooth Society. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is then responsible for the approval of these projects.
The Goat Plate displays a distinctive mountain goat image and the SNRA designation to demonstrate your support for the SNRA.
In addition to vehicle registration fees, the Goat Plate costs $60 for the first year with a $40 renewal fee each year thereafter.
The mountain goat is a universal symbol signifying the human need to find high, quiet places. In Idaho, the mountain goat license plate symbolizes the importance of protecting the high quiet places like those found in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA).
The program generates roughly $50,000, annually — to date, 219 projects benefitting the SNRA have been funded through this innovative program.
Goat Plate Grants
Goat Plate Grants Due Quarterly
(March 31, June 30, Sept 30, Dec 31)
Fees collected from the sale of Idaho’s special Sawtooth National Recreation Area motor vehicle license plate are available for maintaining and upgrading outdoor recreation facilities in the 756,000-acre Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA). The program is administered by the Sawtooth Society under a contract with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. Eligible projects will be within the boundaries of the SNRA and be limited to planning, design development, construction, repair, and maintenance of:
- Motorized and non-motorized trails
- Camping facilities
- Bridges located on a motorized or non-motorized trail
- Restrooms used primarily by recreationists
- Parking area used primarily to access outdoor recreation facilities
- Boat launch facilities
- Boat docks
- Interpretive centers, facilities, and services for recreationists, including but not limited to informational and directional signs
- Emergency medical facilities and services for recreationists
- Unpaved roads leading to recreation areas
Recent grant recipients and projects include:
- $1,000-Wilderness Steward first aid training (Idaho Conservation League)
- $5,824-SNRA trail maintenance (Idaho Trails Association)
- $3,650-North Fork Visitor’s Center/Stanley Ranger Station volunteer staffing (Forest Service)
- $7,500-repeater upgrades on Galena and Bald (Wood River Amateur Radio Club)
- $2,300-Interpretive display at Billy’s Bridge overlook (Forest Service)
- $7,500-Redfish inlet bridge access ramp construction (Forest Service)
- $7,500-Noxious weed management (Forest Service)
- $7,800-Emergency monitor/defibrillators (Salmon River Clinic)
- $5,000-Avalanche forecast sponsorship (Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center)
- $6,500-Conservation trail intern (Forest Service)
- $7,500-Weed Warriors program (Environmental Resource Center)
- $7,500-North Fork trail reroute (Forest Service)
- $1,200-Volunteer meals for multi-day trail projects (Idaho Trails Association)
- $1,760-Website upgrade for recreation resources (Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association)
- $7,500-Stanley ambulance funding (Salmon River Clinic)
- $1,700-Interpretive sign at Bethine and Frank Church Overlook (Idaho Dark Sky Reserve)
- $5,000-Daily avalanche forecast sponsorship (Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center)
- $10,000-Construction of two parking lots increasing recreation access (Blaine County Recreation District)
- $7,500-Boulder Chain turnpike replacement (Forest Service)
- $7,470-SNRA Weed Warriors (Environmental Resource Center)